4 Iced Tea Recipes

Here are 4 ice tea recipes to add variety to this traditional, summer drink.

Whether you’re relaxing poolside, working hard in your garden or cheering for your kids from the sidelines — summer heat can always stand the cool refreshment (and caffeine kick) of a glass of iced tea. But this summer, it’s time for an upgrade from your standard cold cuppa. Good news: It’s way easier than you think.

1. The Standard
All you need to know to make a great, frills-free pitcher of iced tea.

8 black tea bags (or 8 tablespoons loose black tea)
8 cups water, boiling
Lemon wedges (optional)
1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey (optional)


  1. Remove water from heat source
  2. Stir in tea, cover and let steep four to five minutes (no more or it will get bitter)
  3. Remove tea. While still warm, add sugar or honey if desired, and gently stir until it dissolves
  4. Let tea cool fully before refrigerating. Pour over ice, add lemon and enjoy!

Remember: When the ice melts, it dilutes the tea. So you’ll want a stronger brew than you’re used to making hot. One tea bag for each cup (250mL) of water is a good ratio.

2. Square Dance
These fruit-filled ice cubes will seriously boost the flavour of your iced tea — not water it down. Plus, making them ahead of time (in bulk, too) means you’ll be ready for any party, any time.

2 tablespoons sugar
1-cup fresh berries (pick your favourite, or mix ’em up)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice


  1. Blend all ingredients together
  2. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze
  3. Enjoy in a glass of iced tea

3. Mixed Bag
The little black tea bag may be a classic, but summer means it’s time for some colour. Besides, flavourful tea blends do all the work so you don’t have to (and they give you the option of fixing it caffeine-free).

8 cups water, stopped just short of boiling
8 green or herbal tea bags (or 8 tablespoons of loose tea) of your choosing — bold, fresh and fruit flavours work best, like pomegranate green, spicy ginger or anything citrus


  1. Remove water from heat source
  2. Stir in tea, cover and brew according to type (for green tea, steep two to three minutes; for herbal tea, five to seven)
  3. Remove tea
  4. Let fully cool, pour over ice and sip away

4. Freshly Minted
Brighten up the taste of your tea with some fresh mint leaves. If you have a garden (or even a really bright windowsill spot), try growing it yourself: Mint is hardy and grows like wild, making it easy for you always have it on hand, fresh and free.

Don’t have fresh mint? You can substitute in a bag or two of peppermint tea.

Make this just like basic iced tea (see the first recipe here — lemon and sugar/honey included), but add roughly one sprig of mint to the tea per every cup of water, leaving it in longer for a stronger mint flavour.

Tip: Let the tea cool completely before putting it in the fridge. This will make for better flavour and keep any cloudiness at bay.


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